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From issue 251 - May 2018

Bo Blasts Bedworth
The Pitstop, Bedworth - Saturday, 17th March
By Maggie Sampford

It's the Pitstop Paddy Party! Or to the uninitiated - St. Patricks day which just happened to fall on a Pitstop party night. Green Paddy hats provided by organisers Brian & Sandra were a bit warm for dancing in but gave us some fun when sitting down. The turnout was very good despite weather warnings of snow which fell throughout the night. A bit of snow might ground planes and shut schools but it doesn't stop Rock 'n' Rollers! The DJ for the night was Cadillac Dave from Stoke-On-Trent who had his usual entourage in attendance and his video screen which is always good to watch. Even though we got there quite early, the car park was full and the room bustling. Cadillac soon had the dancers inspired and kept the dance-floor busy until the band came on at 9pm.

Very much a 'red alert' as Bo bounded on stage with his lively musicians looking very smart in bright red shirts. Straight into a bouncy 'Let The Good Times Roll', 'I Knew The Bride' and 'Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannie' with no break in between so almost, but not quite a medley. Great for the dancers who want to stay on the floor. This was the first time Bo Walton & Red Alert had played at the Pitstop and also the first time I'd seen them. I was well impressed and I hope we'll see them at the Pitstop again very soon. They kept the pace up with 'I Saw Her Standing There' followed by 'Marie, Marie', 'Hookin' Up', 'Just A Country Boy' and 'Lonely Weekend' - all good stuff. Their sets were a good mixture of standards and self-penned numbers which kept the floor busy throughout the evening. They also kept the spectators entertained with their energetic antics and duck-walking along the stage which was very effective and great fun to watch!

'Be-Bop-A-Lula' and 'I Like It Like That' finished their first set and Cadillac returned to the decks whilst the band took their break. 10.30pm the band were back opening with 'Run Around Sue', 'C'mon Everybody', 'Don't Wake Me Up' and a really manic 'Wild Woman' which was absolutely brilliant and they really threw themselves into it. Bo has a lovely expressive and melodious voice and his band complement it extremely well with their backing harmonies. They continued with 'Ain't Gonna Cry', 'Don't Knock Upon My Door', 'Nothin's Shakin' and 'Let's Talk Now'. A couple of encores in the form of 'You Drive Me Crazy' and 'Twist & Shout brought their performance to a close as many on the dance-floor chose to do just that. A very entertaining evening to be sure!


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